« The other scalloped strat »Publié le 04/25/11 à 15:30
Fender did a really good job when they developed this guitar. It feels very nice, and the neck is a comfortable U shaped neck. That said, the radius on this guitar is absolutely awful. It's a very old school 7.25'' radius, and considering I'm someone who likes flatter radius necks, it's a pain to play. The scalloped neck is very nice, and the graduated way of doing it is a cool trick. I used to disable the middle pickup like Ritchie does, but I've since stopped due to wanting to have a bit more versatile guitar. The disabled middle pickup sure brought back memories, though.
The Duncan Quarter Pounder pickups are pretty nice, fat single coils. They have a cool vowely sound that works with clean, midgain and even high gain. However, be aware that they're very noisy. This can be a downside depending on your application. Like I mentioned above, the middle pickup is disabled, so this won't be quite as versatile as other strats out there. I miss positions 2 and 4 the most, but it's more meant for shred than versatility.
The Ritchie Blackmore strat isn't as popular as Yngwie's for whatever reason, and in some ways, I can see why. The vintage radius on this guitar is absolutely awful. That aside, it's a really great guitar that sounds quite nice. If you don't mind the lack of versatility, this is worth checking out. However, I feel that the Yngwie strats are a bit of a better buy, personally.